Johannesburg - A strike could be looming at the South African Post Office after the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and South African Postal Workers Union declared a dispute over wage increments on Monday.
The Post Office is offering 6 percent across the board and is not discussing other conditions such as housing allowances, post-retirement medical aid and removal of medical capping. It had increased the housing subsidy by R50 and the night shift allowance by R5, the CWU said in a statement.
The unions have demanded a 10 percent increase and other improvements in conditions of employment but the firm suffered losses of R178 million for the 2012/13 financial year.
The CWU has referred the dispute to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. The unions had not excluded the possibility of protected industrial action, after obtaining a mandate from members, CWU added.
Meanwhile, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant had intervened on Monday in a strike by petrol attendants and workers in the retail automotive industry, Sapa reported. Ministerial spokesman Musa Zondi confirmed she was meeting employers and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa). Fuel Retailers Association chief Reggie Sibiya expressed optimism about the meeting.
Workers want an across-the-board increase of R30 an hour by 2016 on rates of pay in all sectors and divisions for those earning above R6 000 a month, among other demands. - Business Report